Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Holloway
Hardens guides have spent 29 years compiling reviews of the best Holloway restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 6 restaurants in Holloway and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Holloway restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Café del Parc Spanish restaurant in Holloway 167 Junction Road - N19
“What an amazing find” in Tufnell Park – “a tiny kitchen behind a small counter in a converted Victorian shop that turns out delicious, flavour-packed, tapas-style, Moorish-influenced dishes to a handful of tables”. There’s “no menu, they just bring what they think you’ll like” – and reporters are unanimous that it is “beautifully inspired and enjoyable”: “the best Mediterranean cooking I’ve had outside the Med”.
2. Xi'an Impression Chinese restaurant in Holloway 117 Benwell Rd - N7
“Lip-smackingly good, seriously authentic” dishes from Xi’an in central China, with “a great chilli kick in every mouthful”, can be found at this “small and cramped” venue by the Arsenal stadium “with the ambiance of a transport caff”. “Some dishes are alien to the European palate”, but it’s “better – and cheaper – than anywhere in Chinatown”, so “always full of Chinese students from the local college, who know a good thing”. Top Tip – “scrumptious noodles and dumplings: follow the chef’s recommendations”.
3. Westerns Laundry British, Modern restaurant in Holloway 34 Drayton Park - N5
“Innovative food” in a “hard and echoey” space still packs in the crowds at this hipster hit of a couple of years ago, just off the Holloway Road, which fans feel has a “great vibe” (even despite the fact that “when the place is full, conversation can be close to impossible”). The venue has always had its detractors, though, and there were more vocal complaints this year that the whole approach is “a little too cool for its own good” (i.e. “pleased with itself” and “disappearing up its own fundament”); which results in food that’s “not bad but underwhelming, so hard to see what all the fuss is about”. Also the natural wine list, “while pleasingly ambitious and different, has a high percentage of misses” (to the extent it can seem “plain daft”).
5. Big Jolene Bakery British, Modern restaurant in Holloway 318-326 Hornsey Road - N7
Opening a bakery seems to be what every restaurateur is up to these days... the team from Jolene are on the bandwagon, taking over a former air conditioning shop to open a bakery and restaurant (affectionately known as Big JO on their Instagram post) in September 2020.
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